Californian celebration of all things British will expand to Florida

BritWeek unveiled highlights of its 2013 program at its pre-Golden Globes lunch to honor “Downton Abbey’s” creator Julian Fellowes and exec producer Gareth Neame Saturday at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.

For the first time, the non-profit, which promotes the U.K.’s cultural industries in California, is expanding to Florida, with BritWeek Visits Miami due to be held March 7 to 14.

The Los Angeles event, which runs, quirkily, for 14 days beginning April 23, includes its usual launch reception at the British consul general’s residence and the annual charity gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, which this year will benefit Malaria No More.

It will also include public gatherings such as an Echo Park music party and a street festival along the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

A host of other events will take place in and around L.A., as well as in Orange County. San Francisco’s BritWeek starts May 3.

“BritWeek celebrates the huge influence of U.K. creativity in California. We see ‘Downton Abbey’ as a shining example of this and congratulate them on their many achievements,” said BritWeek chairman Bob Peirce at the lunch, also attended by “Downton” thesp Michelle Dockery.

Fellowes added, “California is a wonderful, tolerant and encouraging host, for ideas and for people of every denomination, and it is no surprise to me that we should find such a marvelous celebration of the achievements of the British under its azure skies. I am proud to be part of this year’s BritWeek.”

Founded in 2007, BritWeek’s program emphasizes creativity, innovation and excellence in the fields of film, TV, music, literature, art, fashion, design, cuisine, retail, sport, science, technology, philanthropy and business.

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